ok .. I use the front jacking point to raise the car with the machine mart trolley jack.. gets it nice and high ..
and then place axle stands under the front subframe where the lower wishbone control arm inner is bolted .. inner pivot point..at the front two bolts..
not bent anything yet and it seems nice and strong.. axle stands are widely spaced.. so it's stable.
unless I'm removing the lower wishbone .. then I do it the other way round .. (needing access to the wishbone inner bolts)
Jack under the subframe wishbone inner front pivot point.. (the machine mart low profile jack will go under, from the front.. with about 20mm to spare).. and then axle stands under the jacking points..
it saves a lot of ****ing around with ramps, wooden blocks, emergency jack etc..
I know ideally you should always use the jacking point ... but you can't jack and place an axle stand at the same time ..
make sure the stands or jack are under and supporting the front sub frame.. NOT any moveable suspension component .. control arms .. hub etc..
The jack is called a "CLARKE, 2.25 TON, LOW ENTRY".. about 40 quid from Machine Mart.. and you get a couple of free wheel bolt
It easily goes under both side jacking points at 90 deg. with about two inches to spare.. no need to turn the wheel, or go in from the wheel arch.. ..
and it can get to the subframe from the front without using the emergency jack, wooden blocks etc.. (car not lowered)
EDIT .. just checked.. the jack fully lowered is 80mm
If anyone knows a better way.. I'm all ears..
I bet the Proffeshnials are are having a laugh.. nothing like working on your back in the rain